Santana pitched eight shutout innings on five hits and tied a season-high by fanning 11 while walking none. He has thrown seven consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA to 3.63, its lowest point since May 21.
He is set to start Saturday in San Diego against the same Padres.
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If he has earned another start, his turn would come this weekend against the same Braves in San Diego.
Gentry played in place of Coco Crisp on Sunday, and was hit by a pitch on his right hand against the Rangers. He owned a .264/.326/.299 slash line with 10 RBI in 197 at-bats prior to the injury.
Burns has struggled at times hitting his way on base, as his .250 average attests. But he has shown a good eye at the plate with 44 walks in 364 at-bats, leading to a .350 on-base percentage and 57 runs scored.
Stubbs is dealing with an ankle injury. This is the second game Stubbs has missed due to the issue. He's hitting .302/.338/.517 over 242 at-bats.
Ellsbury is 2 for 9 lifetime against Darvish. He is also in a 1-for-17 slump that has weakened his stat line to .282/.347/.407.
Teixeira has missed 28 games, but still leads the team with 17 home runs and 48 RBI.
Hill is dealing with a hand injury. He left Saturday's game due to the issue, and did not play Sunday. Hill is hitting .256/.291/.389 over 375 at-bats.